Turkey to set up Syria 'security zone' after Trump call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday (January 15th) that Ankara would set up a "security zone" in northern Syria suggested by US President Donald Trump, AFP reported.

Erdogan's comments came a day after he held a telephone call with Trump in a bid to ease tensions after the US leader threatened to "devastate" the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces.

Turkey has welcomed Washington's planned withdrawal of some 2,000 US troops from Syria.

Erdogan said he held a "quite positive" telephone conversation with Trump late on Monday where he reaffirmed that "a 20-mile (30 kilometre) security zone along the Syrian border... will be set up by us".

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